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Tin Can Bay

The human history of Tin Can Bay dates back to the 19th century when timber and fishing were the primary industries. Development of the township took off in the 1930‘s and the township now has a population of 2000 as at the 2006 census.

While there are differing versions of how the name “Tin Can Bay” came about, it is widely believed that it originated from the indigenous word “Tuncunbar”, the place of the Dugong, which was once widespread throughout the Sandy Straits.